KINGS POINT, N.Y. (March 28, 2018) – The U.S. Merchant Marine Academy baseball team used a strong second inning to open up a big lead on visiting John Jay College and eventually defeated the Bloodhounds, 12-2, on Wednesday at Lower Roosevelt Field. With the victory, the Mariners' record improves to 16-2, while John Jay falls to 3-10.
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Freshman Vincenzo Alteri (Watertown, N.Y.) again led the Mariner offense by going 2-for-4 from the plate and knocking in three runs, while also scoring one run. Junior Jesse Reinebold (Granger, Ind.) was also 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored and five other Mariners all had one RBI apiece – juniors Kyle Cunningham (Panama City Beach, Fla.), Tyler Mowry (Peachtree City, Ga.) and Reilly Cherry (Coeur d'Alene, Idaho), senior Michael Barnes (Alexandria, Va.) and freshman Jack McCann (Newark, Del.).
Cunningham had a game-high three runs scored, while Mowry and senior Jacob Sithong (Orlando, Fla.) both scored twice and junior Zack Winzer (Muskegon, Mich.) and freshman Alex Mesaros (Pittsburgh, Pa.) both came across to score once.
The Mariners stole seven bases, with Sithong swiping three to lead all players. Junior Adam Viscovich (Whitestone, N.Y.) got his first career hit in the eighth inning.
Merchant Marine used five pitchers in the game, with freshman Quinton Heck (Massillon, Ohio) getting the start and tossing four innings, allowing two runs on four hits with four strikeouts. It was classmate Andrew Hunt (Severna Park, Md.) that picked up the victory, the first of his career, with two solid shutout innings of relief with just one hit and one strikeout.
Freshman Joaquin Munoz (Lubbock, Texas) and sophomore Keith Heimbrock (Greenwood Village, Colo.) both tossed 1-2-3 innings in the seventh and eighth, respectively, as Heimbrock struck out two batters, and Cunningham ended things with a scoreless ninth with two Ks.
The Bloodhounds got on the board first in the first inning, as they loaded the bases with no outs, but Heck worked out of the jam with limited damage, getting a strikeout and an infield fly before hitting a batter to allow the lone run of the inning to score. The Mariners responded with two runs in the next half-inning and then jumped out to a 7-1 lead with five in the second - aided by four John Jay errors.
After John Jay scored another run in the top of the fourth, again USMMA answered with two in the next half-inning. The Mariners added one more in the fifth and two more in the sixth to close out the scoring.
Junior C.J. Meyer had the RBI when he was hit by the pitch in the bottom of the first and freshman Philip Bellomo added an RBI groundout in the fourth. Junior Alexis Martinez and senior Robert Moncino had the two runs for the Bloodhounds. Martinez was the only player for John Jay that had multiple hits, as the Bloodhounds mustered just five on the day – he finished the game 2-for-2.
On the mound, sophomore lefty Jared Hershfield suffered the loss after hurling two innings and allowing seven runs (just three earned) on six hits with three strikeouts. Junior Christopher Arnaud tossed the next four innings and allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits with two Ks and freshman Nick Jack finished the final two shutout innings with two hits allowed and two strikeouts.
Up next, the Mariners will travel to Patchogue in Suffolk County to take on Skyline opponent St. Joseph's-L.I. this Saturday, March 31. First pitch of the conference doubleheader is scheduled for 12-noon at the Golden Eagles' Gregg Alfano Field. Live stats will be available for both games with links on the USMMA Baseball Schedule Page.
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